Midwinter Meeting

2019 Morris Award finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2019 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.

CEO and Author Sylvia Acevedo is Auditorium Speaker at 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - Sylvia Acevedo has worn many hats: engineer at IBM, rocket scientist at NASA, award-winning entrepreneur, commissioner on the White House Initiative for Education Excellence for Hispanics, and currently CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Eric Klinenberg, Sociologist and Author is Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture Speaker at 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His latest book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (available now), makes the provocative case that the resilience of our communities rests not on shared values but shared spaces: the libraries, day-care centers, bookstores, coffee shops, and community gardens that create crucial, sometimes life-saving connections between us.

Baker & Taylor to sponsor 2019 ALA Youth Media Awards Webcast   

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) will reveal the next classics in children’s and young adult literature during its Youth Media Awards announcements at 8 a.m. PT, on Jan. 28, 20l9, from Seattle, Washington. Libraries, schools and book lovers from around the globe will follow the action live through ALA social media channels and the live webcast at http://ala.unikron.com .

Journalist and Author Isha Sesay to Close the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle

CHICAGO - Isha Sesay was born in England and at the age of seven moved with her family to her parents' homeland of Sierra Leone. At age sixteen moved back to London to pursue her studies and ultimately matriculated to Trinity College, Cambridge, where she read English. After graduating, she joined the BBC Networks as a researcher, then moved to Sky Sports News where she hosted Good Morning Sports Fans.

Author Robin DiAngelo is the ALA President’s Program Speaker at the 2019 Midwinter Meeting

For more than twenty years, Robin DiAngelo has worked with a wide range of organizations in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors consulting and training on the issues of racial and social justice. She says, “I grew up poor and white. While my class oppression has been relatively visible to me, my race privilege has not.

ALA unveils shortlist for 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States.

Longlist for 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO – A total of 47 books (25 fiction, 22 nonfiction) has been selected for the longlist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be chosen from longlist titles and announced on October 24, 2018.

Travel Author, Television Host, and Activist Rick Steves is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle

Rick Steves is an American travel author, television host, and activist. As a child, he took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves' Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 100 full-time, well-traveled employees at his headquarters in Washington state.